Christina Ergas, assistant professor of sociology, published Surviving Collapse: Building Community Toward Radical Sustainability, July 30, 2021.
As major environmental crises loom, Ergas makes the argument that one possible way forward is a radical sustainable development that turns the focus from monetary gain to social and ecological regeneration and transformation.
“My past research, and that of many other scholars, has demonstrated the myriad ways that social inequalities are related to environmental impacts, which suggests that the quality of social and community relationships matter for the environment,” Ergas said. “Specifically, environmental harm appears to be a physical manifestation of greatly unequal societies, based on class, gender, national, and racial disparities, among other forms of inequity.”
In her new book, Ergas asks what do more egalitarian forms of local development and agriculture look like that foster healthier environmental relationships?
“I highlight two case studies of communities engaging in holistic work that focus on organic and ecologically oriented forms of regenerative agriculture and whose members also communally practice cooperation, direct democracy, and other forms of social integration,” Ergas said.
Read more about Surviving Collapse: Building Community Toward Radical Sustainability, published by Oxford University Press.